My Italy in 10 Days, Day 5 Venice part 2 and Florence

It was now time to leave to the train station and head back to Florence (me) and Bologne (Ruth). Cursing myself for being so stupid and staying in Venice for only a day, we returned to the Opera Hotel to pick our luggage and head to the vaporetto.

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On the way back from Rialto

I still managed to stop by a shop selling homeware and got myself the cutest Bialetti one cup coffee maker that I did see in Florence but stupidly did not buy. On the way to the hotel we passed by several shops, one of them dedicated to the beautiful Venetian carnival masks, but sadly I could not buy one as my travelling bag was too small (next time Di next time, I said to myself).

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The beautiful Venetian masks
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One the way to the Hotel
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How charming
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Details
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Charming restaurant close to la Fenice
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On the way to the vaporetto
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Another angle of the beautiful San Marco
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See you soon beautiful and unforgettable San Marco Basilica
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Close to the vaporetto, what a beautiful day
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Bye San Marco, breathtaking
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Grand canal on the way to Santa Lucia
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Grand canal on the way to Santa Lucia
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Grand canal on the way to Santa Lucia
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Grand canal on the way to Santa Lucia
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Contrasts – modern vs Ancient
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Sunshine, beauty, lovely

As we still had some time before departure, we decided to take a walk in Cannaregio, the other side of the Santa Lucia station. Charming it was, with beautiful details.

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Wandering around Cannaregio
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Wandering around Cannaregio
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Each corner a beautiful detail
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How lovely

We still had time to have a small lunch (very bad experience) at a restaurant close to the train station and then it was time to leave. With the promise to be back soon, we left the unforgettable Venice.

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Last image of Venice already on the train

So, Ruth goes to Bologne to pick the plane back to Portugal, and I start my solo travelling in Italy, by going back to Florence.

Upon arriving in Florence, I headed to the hotel, left the luggage there, changed clothes, and as by now I was considering myself a professional walker, I decided I did not yet have walked enough for a day and headed back to the historical center. I had decided to book a tour to Sienna, San Gimignano with wine tasting, as I felt it was the best way to see a bit more of the lovely Toscana in a relaxed way, with a trained guide (that will be the next post).

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Palazzo Vecchio
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Piazza della Signoria
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Palazzo Vecchio
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Wandering around Florence
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Isn’t beauty everywhere?
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The Arno
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Ponte Vecchio
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Close up – Ponte Vecchio
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On the other side of the Arno
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A beautiful sunset and a book, what else
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Another angle of Ponte Vecchio
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The other side
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Crowded but still enjoyable
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Stand Up Paddling
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Lovely view
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details
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And more details
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Breath taking
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Beautiful sunset

Well, the so called professional walker was now feeling like an elephant stepped on her toes, and when looked at the step counter, I did walk 27 Km that day. Can you believe it? By now my average was 20km, which is really something I never though I would be able to do. Tired and hungry, back to the city center I went, to have dinner at a small trattoria close to the Piazza del Duomo.

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Loggia della Signoria
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Walking back to the Piazza del Duomo
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A charming restaurant

Tired and as I needed to wake up really early, I headed back to the Hotel for a good and restful sleep.

 

Next post: my tour in Tuscany

2 comments

  1. joelle dunklin

     beautiful post. Thank you for the travelogue!!

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    1. heelsandspices

      Thank you Joelle

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